Seattle, United States
Ben, 35
Product Manager
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I build and manage mobile applications to help people navigate through healthcare because we all need a little help getting the right care.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Van Morrison - Astral Weeks, James Blake - Wilhelm Scream, Kanye West - Devil in a New Dress, Rhye - The Fall, Sampha - Under

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Star Trek the Next Generation

Name some spots in Seattle that are good for a Tinder date.

Damn the Weather, Capitol Cider, The Hideout, Linda's

Who’s your hero and where in Seattle would you take them out for a serious hang?

Bernard Moitessier. I would take him sit with me and smoke cigarettes near the Discovery Park lighthouse to watch the ships roll in and out of the Sound.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Buffalo Exchange in Ballard

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?


What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Go to the St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral for the compline choir where 300 to 400 people lay either on the floor with blankets or in the pews on Sunday evenings.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Seattle and where did you get it?

Chicken Waffles at Skillet

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Seattle that you particularly like?

Pioneer Square Saloon

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Seattle? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

I stayed at Hotel 1000 downtown. The shower head was a fancy hole in the ceiling which poured down into a beautiful tub.

What restaurant in Seattle looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Rancho Bravo Tacos

Where can you get the best cocktail in Seattle? Which one do you like?

E. Smith Mercantile - anything with Fernet

Where would you take your partner in Seattle if you wanted to really pamper them?

Banya 5

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Tim's Cascade Jalapeno Potato Chips

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Seattle?

The great wheel

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Seattle?

Pioneer Square and Georgetown

What are the Seattle spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Pike Place Market, Volunteer Park Water Tower, Discovery Park, The Arboretum

Tomorrow’s your last day in Seattle. How do you spend it?

Sleeping in, going to Cafe Pressé for breakfast, heading to Cafe Vita for a second round of coffee, buying a bouquet of flowers at Pike Place market, sailing a boat at the Center for Wooden boats, lunch at Little Uncle's, happy hour at the Pine Box, a movie at Cinerama and then dinner at Mike's Noodle House.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

The island of Saba in the East Caribbean.

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Ashley Lim